Alexander Winton

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Alexander Winton
Alexander Winton.jpg
Born (1860-06-20)June 20, 1860
Grangemouth, Scotland
Died June 21, 1932(1932-06-21) (aged 72)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality Scottish, American
Awards Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Alexander Winton (June 20, 1860 - June 21, 1932) was a Scottish-American automobile designer and racer.


Winton was born in Grangemouth, Scotland, and migrated to the United States in 1879. In 1891, he founded Winton Bicycle Co., and in 1897 he founded the Winton Motor Carriage Company. His cars were custom made; in 1898 he sold a car for $1000.[1] In 1901, Henry Ford defeated him at a race at Grosse Pointe, Michigan.[2]

Winton was a member of Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM); he is known for his car race against Henry Ford.


Winton at the 1903 Gordon Bennett trophy race in Athy, Ireland

He married Jeanie Muir McGlashan (died 1903) in 1883; they had six children:

  • Helen F.,
  • James M.,
  • Agnes M.,
  • Jeanie,
  • Cathrine,
  • Alexander.

He married LaBelle McGlashan (died 1924) in 1906; they had two children:

  • LaBelle,
  • Clarice.

He married Marion Campbell in 1927 and divorced in 1930; and in 1930, he married Mary Ellen Avery.[3] His mother was Margaret Peddie.[citation needed]


Alexander Winton, in Cleveland, Ohio invented the world's first semi-truck in 1898 and sold his first manufactured semi-truck in 1899 [2] He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame,[4] and National Inventors Hall of Fame.[1] He also created The Winton Place Condominium which is in Lakewood, Ohio, with the abundant money he had from auto-racing, automobile creations, and other resources.


  1. ^ a b [1] Archived January 5, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Famous But Forgotten - Home". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:WINTON, ALEXANDER". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Alexander Winton". Automotive Hall of Fame. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 


  • Thomas F. Saal, Bernard J. Golias Famous But Forgotten: The Story of Alexander Winton, Automotive Pioneer and Industrialist, Golias Pub., 1997, ISBN 9780965378512

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